THE SPINNERS - Most often thought of as a Motown recording act, the classic group sound of legendary R&B recording artists The Spinners has never lost its universal appeal. Throughout the years they have sold millions of records and topped both the Pop and R&B charts with smash hits like “I’ll Be Around” and “Then Came You.” Today, original member Henry Fambrough is joined onstage by lead singer Charlton Washington, high tenor Marvin Taylor, tenor Ronnie Moss, and bass singer Jessie Peck; a soul-infused 5-piece band, led by Keith Ferguson, backs them up.
After a brief time at Motown, The Spinners signed to Atlantic Records in 1972. There, under the helm of producer and songwriter Thom Bell, The Spinners charted five top 100 singles (and two top tens) from their first post-Motown album, Spinners (1972), and went on to become one of the biggest soul groups of the 1970's. A partial list of their hit singles on Atlantic include “Mighty Love,” “Then Came You,” “I’ll Be Around,” “One Of A Kind (Love Affair),” “Games People Play,” and “Could It Be.” In 1979, The Spinners completed their first collaboration with producer Michael Zager, and by early 1980, the single, “Working My Way Back to You,” was topping Pop and R&B charts giving the group its 12th gold record. The Love Trippin’ album’s release included “The Cupid Medley,” one of the fastest selling records in The Spinners’ career. The follow-up album, Labor of Love, featured such stand-out tunes as “Yesterday Once More,” and “Long Live Soul Music.” With the release of “Can’t Shake This Feeling,” their fourth LP in just over two years, the quintet entered a brand new phase of their remarkable career as they joined the award winning producing/writing/ playing team of James Mtume and Reggie Lucas. Other past releases include songs on the motion picture soundtracks of “Twins” and “Spaceballs,” and a single on Arista Records with Dionne Warwick entitled “Then Came You.”
The Spinners have six Grammy nominations and have performed twice during the awards ceremony. Inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999, they have also been awarded the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Award for their contribution to the genre. The group has performed for presidents, received a star on the Hollywood “Walk of Fame,” and has appeared in numerous network and cable television specials paying tribute to the music of the 70’s. In September 2011, 57 years after forming in Detroit and 50 years after "That's What Girls Are Made For", the group was announced as one of 15 final nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, their first nomination.
Today, this legendary R & B group maintains an active touring schedule, performing for fans of all ages in sold out houses around the world.
THE TRAMMPS FEATURING EARL YOUNG - Originally hailing from Philadelphia, Earl Young, Ron Baker and Norman Harris formed THE TRAMMPS in 1972. From that time forward, their unique blend of pulsating beats, catchy melodies and vocal harmonies embodied the essence of a style that grew to define an era.
Known as "The Group" to dance music devotees, THE TRAMMPS had three smash singles with Buddah Records, including "Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart" (Buddah, 1972, single), long before that label ever released an LP. It was only after the huge success of "Where Do We Go From Here" (Golden Fleece/Columbia, 1976), which scored big with its title track, that Buddah finally heard the cry and THE TRAMMPS' "Legendary Zing Album" (Buddah), was released in 1976. It included their earlier hits "Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart," "Pray All You Sinners" and "Sixty Minute Man," as well as the previously unreleased "Hold Back The Night," which went on to become one of the group's biggest hits. These LP’s would prove to be the first of many top selling and award winning albums for THE TRAMMPS, long considered the "best disco group" of all time!
"Where The Happy People Go" was their first LP release for Atlantic (1976). It contained the hits "Disco Party," "Hooked For Life" and "Soul Searchin' Time." The album was showered with honors: Best Disco Album, Best Disco Artist, Best Disco Single and Best Disco Single Unreleased (Billboard,1976).
THE TRAMMPS were now at the top of their form. They continued to keep up a busy recording schedule while fast becoming one of the most sought after touring acts of the period. Their next release, "Disco Inferno," (Atlantic, 1977) put THE TRAMMPS over the top, earning them their first gold. The title track (of the same name) emerged as the disco party anthem of the 70's.
Earl Young has continued to bring the very best of THE TRAMMPS' legendary dance music to audiences everywhere. From The White House to Disneyland, Madison Square Garden to Hammersmith Odeon, Brazil to Japan...to those of us who survived the 70's and to those who are enjoying it "again for the first time"..."What goes around comes around," says Earl, "and it's THE TRAMMPS’ time once again!"
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